Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of who she believes is the One True God through song, after being rescued from a far away land by a knight she lives a cloistered life with the other vessels of her faith. She believes as all Ovinists do that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago saving the world from earthly temptation.
But everything is not as it seems first Gelya finds writings that shouldn’t exist that are different then what she was to believe. She tells her best friend Zofia and head of the convent about it only to find the writings destroyed days later. Then there is a Great Conclave where she has to translate for a Kantari prisoner. The Conclave is barely started when Zofia is murdered and a deadly coverup by the Ovinist miltary goes after the other leaders as well.
Gelya sets the prisoner Tavik, an enemy solider to survive. He believes the Elath is actually a mother goddess who must be set free, and while he manages to open her prision he accidently makes Gelya her unwilling human vessel.
Now the church that raised Gelya is after them both, and it’s a race against the clock to exorcise Elath from Gelya, but will this stop the countdown to the end of the world or cause the earth distruction.
Also as Tavik and Gelya grow closer they wonder: What will become of Gelya?
There were several things that I really loved about this book first Megan Bannen must have spent a lot of time on the world building because the world feels very real and lived in, the different nations even if they are just mentioned are easy to imagine.
Also I appreciate the time spent working on the religion/s. She essentially had to come up with a epic myth and build societies around the way they would have seen that fact as it became myth.
Then there was Tavik and Geyla, okay I’m going to start out by saying I hate romance. But Tavik and Geyla were all sass and banter, and even when they did start to be really romancey at the end it was still sass and banter. They are my favorite couple by a lot also because they are so great individually.
Gelya though she has her moments were she gets rescued doesn’t need Tavik to rescue her and rescues him quite a lot actually. She’s smart and has a pretty quick turn around for someone who has their whole belief system changed pretty quickly.
Tavik, I like his high spirit, I don’t know that he rescues Gelya so much as keeps her spirts up at times, he’s hilarious which is funny for an assassin. Very respectful, very honest, probably one of my favorite male characters.